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Nature & Science [DVD]

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  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U55V04
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,849 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disc 1. Amazing Earth 1 x 52:00 min From the heights of Mount Everest, through the molten lava fields of Hawaii, to the very core of our planet, Amazing Earth scours the globe to reveal the geological forces that have changed the face of our planet. It's a story of striking meteorites, gigantic eruptions, Ice Age superfloods and the movement of continents. Above all, it's a reminder that our restless planet will never stand still and that the geological truce may be coming to an end. Disc 2. The Frozen Kingdom 1 x 52:00 min An extensive tour of the Earth's coldest places. In the Arctic Circle we follow a polar bear mother and her cubs in search of food and visit a colony of harbour seals. In the Gulf of Alaska, bull walruses and fur seals bludgeon one another whilst Glacier Bay hosts the annual migration of humpback whales. Off the coast of Patagonia, killer whales attack seals on a beach and finally, in Antarctica, we meet temperature-resilient emperor penguins. Disc 3. Spirits of the Rainforest 1 x 100:00 min Spirits of the Rainforest' is an unforgettable journey to Peru's most remote and pristine national park, the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Enriched by glimpses into the day-to- day life of the native Machiguenga tribe, the film interweaves the natural history of the area with the Machiguengas' myths and legends. Spirits of the Rainforest tells the story of the land, the legends and the legacies in this most remote and resplendent region. Disc 4. Ice Age Survivors 1 x 52:00 min Ten thousand years ago, as the last ice age ended, many animals became extinct. However, the dog, elephant and lion carry on for their departed kin: the dire wolf, woolly mammoth and saber-tooth tiger. This programme spans the globe paying testament to those species that have survived the ice age while also reflecting back on the lives of their descendants. Disc 5. Land of the Mammoth 1 x 100:00 min For twenty thousand years, a woolly mammoth lay trapped in an icy tomb on the Taimyr Peninsula of Arctic Siberia. In 1999, French explorer Bernard Buigues raised the mammoth and had it airlifted to an ice cave for defrosting. Now, Bernard has an even greater goal: to paint a complete picture of the mammoth's world... its life and death... and ultimately to examine the causes of its mass extinction. Disc 6. Understanding Oceans 1 x 52:00 min There is a vast and mysterious world just offshore. A place of undiscovered species, cures for deadly diseases and keys to the weather. It's dangerous and threatening and at the same time beautiful and appealing. 'Understanding Oceans' answers many questions about global warming by studying the ocean's currents, winds and weather systems. Disc 7. Living in Extremes 1 x 52:00 min Earth is a planet of extremes. However, animals have developed to thrive in seemingly uninhabitable environments. In the freezing world of the Arctic, the polar bear has a coat of fur to cope with interminable winters. Mountain goats have developed their lungs to take advantage of thin air and bats have extraordinarily sensitive hearing to navigate in the darkest caves. Finally, in the mysterious deep of our oceans, fragile jellyfish are gelatinous enough to thrive in extreme water pressure. Disc 8. Journey to the Centre of the Earth 1 x 85:00 min 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' takes you where noman has ventured before - the Earth's core and beyond! We'll investigate man's attempts to penetrate the depths of the Earth's surface via deep drill holes, examine the creatures that live where life is seemingly insupportable and discover what would happen if you dug through to the other side of the Earth.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Iorras on 31 Oct. 2009
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I'm really surprised this has not been reviewed previously as it is not a new collection. I have read some of the other reviews on Discovery Channel documentaries which say that they were filmed a long time ago (70's) and that they have been recently (2005) compiled into box set DVD's.

However, although not as slick as the BBC's Attenborough nature DVD's, I think this lot of DVD's is really excellent value for money and the knowledge they contain would do nobody any harm to know. The DVD's are:

(1) Journey to the Centre of the Earth,
(2) Living in Extremes,
(3) Understanding Oceans,
(4) Land of the Mammoth,
(5) Ice Age Survivors,
(6) Spirits of the Rainforest,
(7) The Frozen Kingdom and
(8) Amazing Earth.

I don't know when they were made but they are entrancing, informative and fascinating. As an example, the DVD titled "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" looks at the film of the same name based on the book by Jules Verne. It discusses historically what Jules Verne wrote nearly two hundred years ago and what the reality actually is as a comparison. It discusses scientific stuff like magnetic pole reversal and other mind bending questions. It demonstrates what would happen if you actually tried to drill a hole through from Miami to Perth in Australia. Its scientists laugh as they try to work out if various options would be viable and if not, why not etc... Did you know that the metal core, both solid and molten sections, contain about 1% pure gold. This might not seem that amazing but if all that gold in the earth's core was extracted and piled upon all the landmass of earth we would all be standing up to the height of our knees in pure gold? Wonderful stuff!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H. E. Bennett on 27 May 2010
High quality set of DVDs featuring programs from the Discovery Channel. Fascinatingly produced, and unlike so many of the Discovery Channel programs, not completely obsessed with reproduction.

On the second DVD, there is however a strangely extended feature on the behaviour of whelks which makes you feel like you should be covering your children's eyes! There are a few other parts which can make for unsettling viewing, such as frankly unnecessary footage of tribesmens naughty bits, an amourous pair of wolves, and some geological features that don't exactly overstretch the imagination as to what they are meant to symbolise. My young daughter repeatedly asked me difficult questions at various points, which made me think I might have done better with a Lazy Town DVD.

However, if you can cope with this possibility, there is much to enjoy on the 8 DVDs, and they really are a bargain price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark e williams on 28 Jan. 2014
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Broughtt his for a birthday present. 9 hours of documentarys, kept him quiet for hours. Very well put together and informative. Definatley recommended
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By swan123 on 18 Mar. 2015
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An interesting nature series, with a variety of documentaries, some longer and some only 50 mins. These are detailed subjects, not done in a glossy style but so informative the viewer feels most of it is worth it. One really lives the rainforest and hunts for fossils with the scientists and environmentalists. The documentaries are soon to be a few decades old, and this makes them a bit slow, but slow is good, after all, nature is not changing fast because it lacks this ability.
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